President of the Guyana Chess Federation James Bond (right) presents a trophy and cheque to Ghansham Alijohn, the second place winner of the junior category of the Rapid Chess Tournament that was held three weeks ago at the YMCA. A student of St Stanislaus College, Ghansham is fondly known as ‘Little Anand’ in chess circles, perhaps, due to his style of play. He plays chess seriously, and is one of the nation’s bright prospects for the future.

When the finest chess players on the planet clash in the same competition, no one, not even the world champion, is safe. At the Sinquefield Cup Chess Tournament which ended yesterday in St Louis, USA, World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen capitulated to Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. That was the startling and sensational news in the chess world until midway in the tournament. Then, suddenly, in the sixth round of the tournament, Vishy Anand appeared and wrestled the thunder from Fabiano Caruana.

Playing with imagination and confidence based on personal experiences and home preparation, Anand was all over Caruana on the chess board. Caruana is ranked the No 3 player in chess worldwide, and boasts a place in the elite 2800-club. Anand employed the English Opening against Caruana in a surprise move since the Indian grandmaster had used this opening only sporadically in his career. Anand boldly sacrificed his queen, and, in so doing, initiated a delightful mating net which he cast around his opponent’s king. In the post-game analysis, it was demonstrated that Anand’s calculation of the immediate position after 22…Rxe2 proved to be flawless. (See Figure 1). Caruana announced his resignation on move 29 of the game. Can you recreate Anand’s moves?

Meanwhile, in local news, chess classes are happening at the National Aquatic Centre at Liliendaal. Persons willing to learn chess can do so on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 4 pm until August 25.

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